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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,813 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Coe Narrator: Jenny Agutter Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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As 73-year-old Rosamund sits alone in her remote Shropshire house, her dying thoughts turn to her cousin's granddaughter, Imogen, who has been blind from an early age. Rosamund realises that she has one last duty to perform: to put down on tape the tragic story of Imogen's grandmother. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/15/2013

    " I enjoyed the way the story was told, through the description of pictures to a blind person. Every memory related is full of visual delights. The tale itself was interesting, an old woman's memories of a family dragged down by mental health issues, but I was left wanting more. I felt that the main character should have come to some realization about her own complicity in the story and that never happened. I also wanted to know more about those listening to the story, but that didn't happen either. All in all, this book is full of beautiful, descriptive language that produces vivid pictures in the readers mind, but was lacking a little in the character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/5/2013

    " Love this man's writing. Sad, sad people. Strange characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 12/1/2013

    " Never read a man that writes women so well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nigel | 11/30/2013

    " A melancholy tale of an unfulfilled life framed round a series of fractured mother-daughter relationships. Coe's engaging style makes it easy to read and makes the most of the central conceit of revealing the story through descriptions of a series of family photos. Although lacking in some substance it's an engrossing read that flirs by all too quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 11/29/2013

    " A well written, sad story of family and its secrets. An elderly aunt, on the eve or her suicide, records the story of her family as seen in several photos. The story includes tales of child abuse, homosexuality, bad choices, bad marriages, etc. The author avoids sentimentality and the plot is tightly written without any fluff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 11/25/2013

    " An interesting story told through a series of photographs. Cleverly done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maya | 11/1/2013

    " It's perhaps unfair to judge Coe against himself, because even as unimpressive generally as I found this book, I still believe him to be among the best novelists writing today. So maybe it is fair after all, because I think this could have been a lot better than it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefania | 10/22/2013

    " Spiace che debba finire. Davvero bello e originale. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nixycoco | 9/28/2013

    " How on earth did this get published? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gitte | 8/4/2013

    " An unusual Coe-novel. A nice story, but perhaps it lacked the humour of his other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janna | 5/20/2013

    " I'd never read anything by this author before - it was one I just randomly selected at the library. I liked the authors technique of having a story related through the description of old photographs. I thought the hidden secret of the family ultimately sad but not all that shocking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/1/2013

    " Set in England, "The Rain.." tells the story of 3 generations of women over the coarse of 50 plus years. Beautifully written, and haunting in tone, Jonathan Coe has me wanting to run to a bookstore and find more of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Guerra | 9/19/2012

    " i really enjoyed this unique journey through a section of a family's tree. the author has some quirks that i wished his editor(s) had fixed, but overall a great story told in a refreshing way about a timeless subject... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Soren Sondergaard | 9/9/2012

    " Major dissapointment. The protagonist is better knowing and it's way too whiny for my taste - almost Danielle Steele territory. Well written of course but thats about it. Im glad Coe came back on track with his next novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 12/3/2011

    " A little melancholy but not a bad read - clever idea - author tells the story of a woman's life through a series of old photographs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 booburuz | 10/7/2011

    " Ideea de tipar ramane,dupa finalizarea lecturii :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siri Chateaubriand | 8/24/2011

    " Leaving her voice on tapes to be found after her death the narrator reveals a complicated and tragic family history through the description of 20 photographs. Beeautifully told and impressive both in the handling of the plot and the (for a male writer) insight into the mind of women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariana Pereira | 6/5/2011

    " great vacation book. great idea also - to look at pictures and rcord yourself as you describe them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nadia | 2/23/2011

    " Actually read this book twice without realising it until nearly reaching the end of the second time. Obviously, left no mark the first time...or the second time, for that matter... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 2/23/2011

    " I liked this one...it's something I never would have picked up to read if I hadn't had it assigned as part of my book club. But it grew on me as the book progressed. I can certainly recommend it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bicefalus | 2/2/2011

    " uno dei pochi libri leggendo i quali mi sono detto " ma chi se ne frega" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 1/28/2011

    " great. but not awsome coe. Had better ones before "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/5/2011

    " very good story through photography - loved it and highly recommend, short about WWII and other periods in England "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariana | 12/14/2010

    " great vacation book. great idea also - to look at pictures and rcord yourself as you describe them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 11/30/2010

    " Less witty and ironic than the other Coe's books, this is a highly dramatic - and somehow desperate - story.
    The narrative scheme is brilliant, and characters are very well depicted, but its monocorde tone makes it a rather ordinary novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 11/19/2010

    " Not memorable, but raises the question: does dyspunctional personality pass down the generations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gloriagloom | 11/18/2010

    " un grande affresco, indi banale come tutti i grandi affreschi. Un sicuro successo. "

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